5 minutes later and we were photographing the next pair of red grouse. In total there were around three pairs in the area and so we had a fair amount of choice of which to stalk. By the end of the session (just over and hour) we had found a pair which didn't mind us being too near them. We (three of us) stalked them and got well within 10 metres, which gave us images like these!
Below and right - (c) Anthony Slocombe
Anthony was using a 300mm F/2.8 lens with a 2x converter attached. Although this brings the aperture to F/5.6 at minimum you can achieve a really shallow depth of field by staying low to the ground. The sky behind the subjects was clear and blue which gave a great backdrop which again, is achieved by the low angle.
The golden eagle is a stunning bird, using the trees and grasses around you can be a great way to not only show the viewer some habitat, but also help conciel the jessies.
The peregrine falcon is fairly common around the UK with growing urban populations. It was probably the most calm subject of the six and gave us awesome opportunities for images. As you can see from Jasmine Beveridge's image below, it being as still as it is gives you a great chance to capture an amazing image!
Below - (c) Jasmine Beveridge
After we stopped for a lunch break, the kestrel came out and it was arranged to sit on a grassy bank around 10 feet above ground level. It was a really good idea to have it up this high because we could frame the bird with long grass in the foreground and hide the jessies whilst having a blue/white/green background from the sky and trees. I would say that the kestrel was the most active species, constantly moving around. Which worked great for changing backgrounds between frames, but it made it less easy to compose the image as the previous species had been.
Below - (c) Ellie Bearcroft
Jasmine Beveridge - www.jbeveridgewildlife.weebly.com
Ellie Bearcroft - www.ebphotography95.wix.com/elliebearcroft
Anthony Slocombe - www.anthonyslocombephotography.weebly.com
Unfortunately, there wont be a blog tomorrow as I am in a hide overnight and so there won't be any time to write it. I'll write tomorrows blog on saturday on the way back to Falmouth, so look out for that!